The heir to a powerful legal dynasty whose wife and son were found shot dead in June has been rushed to hospital after reportedly being shot in the head by an assailant in a passing truck.
Alex Murdaugh, 53, was changing the tire on his car along a rural road in Hampton County, South Carolina, Saturday, when a truck drove by and someone in the vehicle shot him, according to his attorney.
Murdaugh suffered at least one gunshot wound to the head and was airlifted to hospital in Savannah for treatment.
His attorney said the 53-year-old is conscious and was able to speak to his family by over the phone from his hospital bed.
The Murdaugh family released a statement Saturday evening, saying they have ‘suffered through more than any one family can ever imagine.’
The statement added: ‘We expect Alex to recover and ask for your privacy while he recovers.’
Authorities have released few details about the incident which comes three months after the still-unsolved double murder of Murdaugh’s wife, Maggie, and son Paul.